O’Dea encourages participation in Youth Parliament

Friday, 29 June 2007
The Member for Davidson Jonathan O’Dea will welcome Julianne Lipman to the opening of the Youth Parliament in the Legislative Assembly Chamber on Tuesday, July 3. Ms Lipman is a Year 10 student at Pymble Ladies College and a resident of St Ives.
The Youth Parliament will be opened at 8.30am by the Hon Linda Burney M.P. the Minister for Youth and the closing ceremony will be presided over by the Leader of the Opposition The Hon Barry O’Farrell M.P. on Thursday, July 5 at 4pm.

Mr O’Dea said the three days of debating in the Legislative Assembly Chamber will give the students a chance to see how Parliament operates.

“I am very happy that a young woman from my Electorate is participating and I like to encourage young people to get involved in the political process,” Mr O’Dea said.

“Ms Lipman will be one of 80 students from all over the State who will debate a wide variety of topics including health, the environment and other topics formulated at a camp prior to arriving at Parliament.

“I commend the YMCA for getting behind this initiative as it encourages young people from a wide range of backgrounds to express themselves, deepen their understanding of politics, improve their writing skills and to grow in personal confidence.”

Mr O’Dea said Ms Lipman is a competent netball umpire who plays water polo, soccer, tennis and also participates in gymnastics.

“Ms Lipman has been involved with the Interact Executive Committee which is the school level version of Rotary, has attended the recent Global Leadership Conference run by World Vision and was on the Middle School Community Service Committee three years running,” Mr O’Dea said.

“Her community service makes her an ideal candidate to participate in such an activity.

“I look forward to meeting Ms Lipman and the 80 other students who have succeeded in being selected from the hundreds who applied.

“The ceremony will take an hour, after which the Youth Parliament will adjourn for morning tea with MP’s from the various Electorates represented.

“I commend Ms Lipman for her community minded spirit and trust she will gain much from the three days she spends at Parliament House debating and presenting Bills that are important to the youth of today.”